Rafael Nadal surrendered to Novak Djokovic in the second semifinal of Roland Garros, thus having to postpone the appointment with the 14th seal in the French capital. As he had already anticipated at the press conference, the Spanish champion does not want to take risks after the efforts of the last few weeks.
A few days ago he announced that he will miss both Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, opting for a two-month break in order to recharge his batteries and return to 100% for the American hard court swing. If he triumphed at the French Open, the 35-year-old from Manacor would have overtaken Roger Federer in the all-time Grand Slam standings for the first time.
The Iberian will certainly try again at the US Open, where Novak Djokovic and some Next Gen will start in front of him in favor of the odds. Rafa also admitted that his main goal is to further extend his career by adopting a strategy similar to that of rival Federer.
When asked about the matter at the Queen's, three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray expressed his opinion on Nadal's choice.
Rafael Nadal withdrew from Wimbledon
Andy Murray was in complete agreement with Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal.
The Scott is of the opinion that many tennis players find the bubble life difficult, and hence understood El Nino’s decision. “Yeah, like still like this year is hard. With the bubbles and everything, you know, you need to be right into it and be prepared to sort of go through that for – a lot of the players are finding it difficult,” said Murray in his post match interview.
Rafael Nadal has also withdrawn from the Tokyo Olympic Games next month. Murray thought it is shameful, as the Spaniard will not be playing the two most prestigious tournaments to exist. “Obviously it’s a shame, shame for him, shame for the tournaments,” said Murray.
Rafael Nadal on Thursday withdrew from this year's Wimbledon and Olympics, citing the need to recover physically after a grueling claycourt season. He will, however, be playing at this year's US Open, and pictures of his outfit for the New York Slam have now surfaced online.
Nadal had a good campaign on the dirt that year, winning the Madrid and Rome Masters while donning the white and blue. Pictures of Rafael Nadal's shoes for the 2021 US Open have also been released. The 35-year-old will wear his usual NikeAir Zoom Vapor Cage 4 shoes, but this time in a very eclectic style.